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Coopersville Historical Museum

363 Main St., Coopersville Mi 49404


James Popenhagen Returns August 10th!



On Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Coopersville Area District Library - the Coopersville Historical Society and Historical Museum will present a special program on the late Del Shannon.

   James Popenhagen will speak about his and his grandfather’s friendship with Del, sharing memories of Del both as an internationally known performer and also as a person with deep roots in West Michigan.

   Hear about the music industry and discover little known facts about Del who grew up in Coopersville as Chuck Westover. In 1961, Del gained star status with his first hit recording, “Runaway.” In 1999, he was inducted into Cleveland’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

 James is a singer/songwriter who is known for his Del Shannon tribute shows. He captures the distinct sound of Del’s music so well that he is the only tribute performer endorsed by Del’s family. During his presentation, James may even bring his guitar and sing a song or two originally done by Del or others from Del’s era.

 James will again star in a tribute show to take place on August 10 at 8:30 p.m. in Coopersville at the Centerstage Theater.


All are invited to this interesting presentation but because of limited seating, please call the Budzynskis at (616) 997-6978 to leave a message with your name and the number of persons attending with you.


Del Shannon

James Popenhagen

Stop by the museum and see a large and impressive model of the County Poor Farm barn that was built in the early 1930s, while it is temporarily on display at the Museum.      More info...


Take a Quick Tour of our Del Shannon Memorabilia page.


Visit the Official Del Shannon Website.

Museum Hours

Tuesday: 2:00 pm~5:30 pm, Wednesday: 10:00 am~2:00 pm,

Friday 1:00 pm~4:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am~4:00 pm.

Other times and group tours by appointment.